Yes, cooking can be an act of worship and a source of Barakah (blessings).
Those of us who are in the kitchen cooking need not feel like we are missing out.
Cooking, whether it is for yourself or for your family and loved ones, presents an excellent opportunity to gain extra rewards.
All that is required is some effort, the right intentions and sincerity in our actions.
Below are some tips on how we can turn cooking into an act of worship.
- Perform Wudhu according to the Sunnah – Wudhu really focuses your positive energy and cleanses you inwardly as well as outwardly. It washes away every minor sin and keeps Shaytan away.
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “When a Muslim servant of Allah () performs ablution and he washes his face, the sins which the eye committed by looking are washed off with the water or with the last drop of water. When he washes his hands, the sins which were committed because of the touch of the hands are washed away with the water or with the last drop of water. When he washes his feet, the sins which were committed by the walking of the feet are washed off with the water or with the last drop of water until he comes out from that ablution cleansed from every sin (minor)” [Muslim]
- Niyyah (intention) – All acts of worship must be done with the intention of seeking nearness (qurbah) to Allah (). When you are cooking, have the intention of cooking solely for the sake of Allah (). Having the right intentions will increase the sincerity in our worship and enable us to earn greater rewards for every good deed we do, even if it is an everyday task like cooking.
- Start with Bismillah (In the name of Allah ()) – By invoking Allah’s name not only will that activity be blessed but Shaytan cannot take part in it.
- Dhikr of Allah ()
The Prophet Muhammad () was asked, “Which of the servants of Allah () is best in rank before Allah () on the Day of resurrection?” He said: “The ones who remember him much.” I said: “O Messenger of Allah (), what about the fighter in the way of Allah ()?” He answered: “Even if he strikes the unbelievers and mushrikin with his sword until it broke, and becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank.” [Ahmad, Tirmidhi]
The following are Dhikr that you can try reciting whilst cooking:
Tasbeeh – Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah ())
Tahmeed – Alhamdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah ())
Takbeer – Allahu Akbar (Allah () is most Great)
Tahleel – Laa ilaaha illallah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah ())
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “In the morning charity is due from every bone in the body of every one of you. Every utterance of Allah’s glorification is an act of charity. Every utterance of praise of Him is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Oneness is an act of charity, every utterance of profession of His Greatness is an act of charity…” [Muslim]
Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness of Allah ())
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “If anyone constantly seeks pardon, Allah () will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.” [Abu Dawud]
La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa BillAhil Aliyyil Azeem (There is no power and no strength except with Allah ())
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “La Hawla Wa La Quwwata illa BillAhil Aliyyil Azeem is a door from one of the doors of paradise. Whoever reads this an angel descends to give good health/brings a cure for that person” [Tirmidhi]
Astaghfirullah al-’Azeem al-lazi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih (I seek the forgiveness of Allah () the Almighty, beside Whom there is no other god, and I repent to Him)
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “Whoever says Astaghfirullah al-’Azeem al-lazi la ilaha illa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyum wa atubu ilaih will be forgiven even if he fled from the battlefield.” [Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi]
Subhaan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhaan-Allahil-Azhim ((Glory and praise be to Allah (), glory be to Allah ()the Almighty))
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “Two words which are light on the tongue and heavy in the Balance, and beloved to the Most Merciful: Subhaan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhaan-Allahil-Azhim.” [Bukhaari, Muslim]
- Recite Durood – recite as much of Durood-e-Ibrahim as you can. This is the Durood that is recited towards the end of Salah. Or the shortest Durood is: Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallim.
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “He who sends a single Durood upon me, Almighty Allah () rewards him ten times and ten good deeds are recorded in his book of good deeds”. [Tirmidhi]
- Make lots of Dua as it is a form of worship and you will get rewarded for it.
The Prophet Muhammad () said: “Dua is worship.” [Abu Dawud & Tirmidhi]
- Listen to Quran recitation – Listening to the Quran enables you to perfect your recitation of the Quran, help you revise what you have memorised, and constantly remember Allah () in your heart and mind.
- And finally, say Alhamdulillah when you have finished cooking and give thanks to Allah () in abundance as Allah () blessed you with the ability to cook and provide nourishment to your loves ones
And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ ” [Surah Ibrahim 14:7]
May Allah () reward you for the eagerness to do good and righteous deeds. Ameen.